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That’s why Kellen Mond was placed in Mike Zimmer’s Minnesota Vikings dog house last year.
Let’s just say that Kellen Mond and Mike Zimmer did not end each other… sandwiches during his rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings.
Mond was an experienced starter for years and played under Jimbo Fisher’s guard at Texas A&M. In his final year at College Station, the Aggies were struggling to reach the College Football Playoffs for the first time ever. Mond was selected by the Vikings on day two of the 2021 NFL Draft, but Mond’s father Kevin claims the former head coach had it out for his son from the start.
Here’s what Kevin Mond told Chris Tomasson from St. Paul Pioneer Press on this situation.
“Kellen was in (Zimmer’s dog house from the start because of the draft and then No. 2 COVID… He would not give him time and Zimmer did not play him at the end of the year (last match) was personal to me Zimmer just sticks his thumb against Spielman. “
Zimmer and former Vikings general manager Rick Spielman were released at the end of the season after the Vikings once again failed to qualify for the NFC playoffs. Kevin O’Connell and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah replaced the duo this offseason, respectively. With O’Connell as the former offensive coordinator with Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, this gives Monds camp hope.
Either way, things will be different in the Twin Cities for their beloved professional football franchise.
Kellen Mond’s father Kevin explains Mike Zimmer’s beef with his Vikings QB son
It’s pretty clear that Zimmer got along with almost none of his quarterbacks. Mond may have been in his dog house, but Zimmer got into a not-so-playful festive push fight after the fight with Kirk Cousins. Regardless of the instigator, it was quite clear that Zimmer did not like it. All the while, his Vikings underperformed once again, which is why the Zimmer era is so over.
While Cousins should be the undisputed starter of Week 1 in Minneapolis, it’s not like O’Connell and Adofo-Mensah have drafted him either. Although Minnesota should push for a playoff spot this year, it does not serve any of the new pillars of the Vikings organization to be overly committed to Cousins if he stinks. Cousins will have to screw up, but Mond can compete for them this fall.
Honestly, there were reasons why Mond was not the sixth quarterback to be taken in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He may have had ample starting experience in college, but did not really get to put it all together before his senior season, which was played during a COVID season. Mond makes a ton of promises, but he needs to earn his playing time and not get reps by playing daddy ball solely.
No doubt this is a big offseason for Mond to prove to everyone that he can start matches in this league.